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not the majority are occurring as the result of just a few people that are well-organized and have, you know, particularly mo. or is it you know just a rash of isolated incidents? i mean what is your sense around that? >> my sense is that it is not a rash of isolated incidents. they are not necessarily criminals that are very well organized. generally, we found that auto break-ins and burglaries are often related to someone who has some chemical addiction, they break into the cars to steal an item so that they can sell it on the street for whatever addiction whether it be alcohol or some other drugs. so, and we know that a lot by some of the individuals that we end up arresting because we see that they have a lengthy
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sometimes record for drug addiction and so forth. so i think that what happens is when we feel the need or they have some drug binge they will go out and conduct as many break-ins in the evening or two days that they can to sell items i know that you have had the discussion with chief loftus before and one of the things that we are trying to do all city-wide is to identify those individuals because if we know we need two things and if we can arrest them so it is not always the best solution and they are off the street and unable to commit the crimes and i am concerned that it is a bigger umbrella picture of trying to deal with those addictions to not necessarily through the arrest, trying to get them some other way that they can get, some help with the criminal dependency, and that becomes a mental health issue which is another large subject that the city deals
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with and however we deal with it, whether it is through making arrests or through, giving in the help that they need through the addiction and when we take these individuals and work with them in those two areas, we see the numbers go down. so there are areas that are more prolific in the northern district for car break-ins because of the activity that is there. and when we center some of our enforcement actions in regards to that. to answer your questions surely, is that if we take one auto burglar off the street we probably prevent 15 or 20 car break-ins in a day. i hate to say it, but it is true. >> you may not know the answer to the next question because you just took this job a couple months ago but do you have a sense for the history at collisions whether it is auto,
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bike, pedestrian, and is this, you know, something that is really endemic to northern that is going on for years and years, or is it something that has become a problem gradually? what is your take on that? >> the accidents, have been pretty consistent throughout the city for a number of years. we see it all of the time. there are pretty much five areas where we see the main causes of collisions and those include speeding, light violations, illegal turn violations, pedestrian violations both by delivers and by the pedestrians themselves. and i don't know if i said stop signs, but, those are we have statistics and we have numbers that show this is where the accidents are and i will give you an example that the people and octavia is the biggest enter sessions and virtually
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all of them were related to red light violation and so that is a concern. >> one of the individuals talked about pedestrians and one of the enforcement aspects that we had was lumbar and divisidero it is was not just for the cars it was for the pedestrians so we can advise them that you can't walk across the street on a red light because you will get hit and the cars have the right-of-way. we are able to get those numbers and what we try to do is go out and focus education enforcement on the highest areas and look for those specific incidents that are the highest factors for the collision and if we can do education and enforcement in those two areas then we will look and see tend of the year whether or not that number gets reduced. >> have those areas been assessed by the city in terms of the visibility of the signage and what more could be done in terms of the mechanical
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aspect of it aside from the police angle? >> that is one of these, what i am asking for my officers to do as they are out there is not to only look at what the violation and try to identify if there is some other cause for that. and to come back to us, what i can do then, is notify mta, the photographic safety division is the deals with the stops on the red lines and say this might be a street where the speed bumps are speeding. obviously they are not going to put speed bumps on the lumbar street if there are specific areas that we can address, i am asking them to come back so we can forward out and some of the physical things that the city might be tiebl do to change the structure of the streets so that it is safer for the streets of the pedestrian an and the vehicles. >> good. >> text to tip it was great to see it, right? on the front of your presentation, i know that it is fairly new, how is it working?
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it is working fairly well. we get actually a lot of hits to our tip line at northern station and want to remain anonymous but give us information but it is a success and something that is evolving over time as we get more involved with social media. because it gives us the information retime quicker than it takes for dispatch to advise us. i am the last one, and so quickly thank you for highlighting the family flight issue. i was just saying to my fellow commissioner. all of the leaders have been born here and there is only 7 percent kids under 18. and so, i think that it is an issue for the city it is the first time that i have heard the department talk about it in terms of policis that we can do that are family friendly.
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commend you for that. we did have supervisor ferrel here who was the one in concert with park and rec raised the money to open the school yards during the summer. so you have a great leader here who can bring through the public, private partnership and that has a huge impact. i don't think that we can talk about car break-ins enough. my car was broken in five times in one year and so the personal is political. and encouraging folks and i had the experience to go the northern station where none of these people who are in charge now, i will just put that disclaimer it was ten years ago and i was told don't bother filing a report nothing happens and they would say that the da does not do anything about it.
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so that was a not true and b, you know, i am sure that maybe that officer was having a bad day. but i say that to encourage folks that you want to file a report because this is a department that is data driven and it is going to move people on the reports of crimes and they are going to deploy the under cover operation and so i want to encourage folks please file the reports and regardless. it reminded me of the story that the officer said that he could not cite someone for peing on the street, you may want to check that fact sometimes they are just on the end of the shift and maybe a report is not what sounds good at the time. so i would encourage that and i would encourage the captain, are you doing any under cover operations because i do think that the one thing is this is not a sophisticated crime usually. so, we as a community can help to give the officers tips and i know for example, i reported one area in this district that
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cars are getting broken into at 8:30 in the morning when people are dropped off at free school, the cars are smash ofed four minutes. it takes, where there are clusters it is easy for the officers, well nothing is easy, but to come in and target an area, are you doing that and are you hearing from the community about clusters of these? >> yes. you are absolutely right that we are data driven as we move forward. crime mapping, now as the department has gone to a system where i can pull up real time exactly, the number of auto break-ins over a period of time of one day or one week, but generated by the reports that are important to make and what i can do is deploy officers to those specific areas where there are clusters. we get a fair amount of the break-ins in the japan town, anyone who has been there, there are great stores and restaurants and there are individuals or tourists that
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are going to it. and we do deploy in uniform and plain clothes and i think that in this month, it is month of february and march i believe that we are running no less than 7 under cover operations for auto break-ins in various areas of the city. the chief has been great to give us additional resources beyond what is available here at northern station from the violence reduction teams and some of the other areas. and we give them that information and tell them, these are where our problems are coming and they are coming to help us and the last thing for that is that we are also teaching more officers, and have classes in plain clothed operation and actually following some of the people who are breaking into cars. we have an amount of officers who are coming in that are really just babies wanting to crawl and we need to do a better job of teaching them how
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to follow someone who is breaking into a car and how to know what is actually a crime and that is a challenge that we face but there is training that we are doing now to address that thanks to some of the things that the chief has brought into business. i have two that i have brought in and chief that was four hours of over time. they worked plain clothes for me at night when i have this additional staffing and to see them engaged with some of the community members that were there to talk to them about what they do and what they see was really beneficial and i need more that have and as we get the officers that were coming through the training that we will provide and allow us to get the directed enforcement to those areas to hopefully reduce those numbers. >> i hope that everybody hears that you are all community leaders and you tell folks that you learned that the department has filed these police reports and you can file them on-line
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and it helps to make the resources that the captain needs to keep everybody safe. >> regardless of what he said that there is not as much crime. he is remaining us of the traffic collisions in the district and so president mazzucco does a great job of representing this district and i know that you know that. thanks. [ applause ] . i want to thank father and i want to thank you, for coming to the meeting and the next motion is for adjournment and as i stated earlier, a moment of silence as we adjourn in honor of bufp baker and liz butler of the san francisco police department. >> do i have a motion? >> so moved. >> second. >> thank you, very much.
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>> on december 28, 1912. san francisco mayor, sonny jim rolph stared into the crowds of those who have gathered. a moment in history. the birth of a publicly own transit system. san francisco municipal railway. muni as it would become to be known. happy birthday, muni, here is to the next 100 years. the birth of muni had been a long-time coming.
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over the years the city was disjointed privately owned companies. horses and steam and electric-powered vehicles. creating a hodgepodge of transit options. none of them particularly satisfying to city residents. the city transit system like the city itself would have changes during the san francisco earthquake. the transition that will pursue from this aftermath would change san francisco's transportation system once again. facilitated by city boss, abe ruth, ushering in the electric city car. the writing was on the wall. the clammer had begun for the
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experiment including public transit people. owned by the people and for the people. the idea of a consolidated city-owned transit system had begun traction. and in 1909, voters went to the polls and created a bond measure to create the people's railway. would become a reality three years later. on december 28, 1912, mayor sonny rolph introduced the new geary electric streetcar line and the new san francisco railway. that he said would be the nucleus that would host the city. and san francisco gave further incentive to expand the city's
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network. a project by way of tunnel leading into chinatown by way of north beach. in december the first streetcar was driven into the tunnel. just two years after its berth, muni had added two lines. and k, l and m lines that span out from westportal. in 1928, the j line opened heading west to the beach. in 1944 san francisco voters finally approved muni take-over of the market street railway. by then motor bus and trolley bus improvement had given them the ability to conquer san francisco's hills. after the war most of the street-car lines would be
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replaced with motor or trolley bus service. in 1947, the mayor recommended replacing two lines with motor coaches. and it appeared that san francisco's iconic cable cars had seen their final days. entered mrs. cluskin, the leader to save the cable cars. arguing that the cable cars were a symbol of the city, and she entered a charter placed on the november ballot. it passed overwhelmly. the california street cable railway was purchased by the city in 1952. there were cut backs on the cable car system and in 1957 only three lines would remain. the three lines that exist
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today. in 1964 the cable car's future as part of california's transit system was sealed when it was proclaimed a national historic landmark. in february, 1980, muni metro were officially inaugurated. in that same year, muni received its first fleet of buses equipped with wheelchair lifts. in 1982 when the cable car had a shut-down, they added an alternative attraction to the cars. the festival was a huge hit and would continue for the next four summers in a permanent f-line that would extend all the way to
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fisherman's wharf, by 2000 the f-line was in place. and in 2007 muni extended the third line to the southeast corner and returning to third street. for the first time in 60 years. in the course of last 100 years, muni's diverse workforce forged by men and women of innovation have reflected the many cultures that flock to the city. muni's ground-breaking antidiscrimination has guaranteed equal opportunity for all. the city's policy mandates the course for the future, as they work diligently to increase options and increase multialternatives, and deduce --
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reduce the carbon footprint. it continues to improve the systems. during this sen -- centennial year we reflect on the transit system. driven not
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>> we love our parks, but we love... >> and the community who is really the core of it all, came together and said what we need is a place for our teenager to play, not just play grounds for the kids and soccer fields but we need a skate park that will keep the kids home in the neighborhood so they can play
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where they live. >> the children in the neighborhood and it will be a major boone. and we have generations, the youth generations that will be able to use this park in different places. >> the best park in san francisco right here. >> creating place where people can be active and lead, active, healthy life styles that are going to just stay with them for life. ♪
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